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Object Name Lithograph
Title The Lost Cause
Catalog Number 1962.43
Creator Mosler, Henry
Maker B & C Dusseldorf
Date ca. 1869
Material(s) Linen
Dimensions H-19.563 W-26 D-0.813 inches
Description This is a chromolithographic print based on the painting "The Lost Cause" by artist Henry Mosler. The image depicts a soldier who is wearing a caped overcoat and wide brimmed hat and is leaning on the muzzle of his rifle. He is standing before a run-down cabin with weedy foliage climbing up the walls. There is faintly visible a setting moon in the right foreground beside the chimney. The Engravers' signature is found printed in the bottom left corner "B & C Dusseldorf." A deteriorated adhesive sticker is found in the bottom right corner that reads in brown ink "Lost Cause / loaned by / Mrs. Jannis C …."
Notes This was a chromolithographic print based on "The Lost Cause" by Henry Mosler.

Henry Mosler (1841-1920) was born in Silesia, Germany in 1841 and soon after moved to New York with his family and later moving to Cincinnati. During the Civil War, Mosler worked with Harper's Weekly Magazine as an artist. By 1863, he was given the chance to travel to Dusseldorf Academy to cultivate his artistic skill, eventually returning to the United States as an established artist. "The Lost Cause" was exhibited in the National Academy of Design in 1868, with copies and prints sold throughout the country. Henry Mosler remained mostly a narrative genre painter as well as a painter of American patriotic scenes
Media Links Lost Cause Painting
Collection Jennie C. Morton Collection
People Mosler, Henry
Subjects Art
Civil wars
Search Terms Civil War
Confederate soldiers
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS